Attorney-Adviser (Contract)
Department of the Army - Fort Bragg, NC

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The incumbent of this position will provide legal services and advice to officials of the various Command elements on actions involving Government contract law and fiscal law issues and concerns, to include: pre-award development, post-award contract performance, administration of multi-million dollar contract requirements, procurement fraud, acquisition ethics, and associated fiscal determinations of color of money and funding availability staff actions.

About the Position This is an Excepted Service position.

This position is located in the US Army Mission Support Element, Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The issues encountered in this position are typically complex, requiring a deep knowledge of applicable law, rules, and policies. This position includes addressing questions concerning the interpretation and application of statute, rules, and regulations as they pertain to contracts, claims, and other legal instruments. The Attorney fields questions regarding the effects of provisions of proposed legislation or proposed changes in agency policies or regulations. This position emphasizes preventive law, to accomplish timely execution of procurement actions and to mitigate the risk of potential litigation.

Who May Apply: US Citizens
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DUTIES: - Furnishes authoritative legal advice, written and oral, to Command officials on a wide variety of legal topics, to include acquisition strategy, legal sufficiency of solicitations, awards, other acquisition actions, supporting justification documents, and appropriate funding of those actions.

- Renders legal advice and business judgment on all matters involving contractor performance, to include: contract modifications, terminations, claims and execution of contract options. Renders both oral and written opinions to Command staff and leaders on the application of the principles of Federal appropriations law. Renders both oral and written opinions and advice on such matters related to the foregoing, to include: delegations of authority, assignments of contracts, contract modifications, indemnity of contractors, contractual rights in data, propriety rights, and release of technical information matters, contract terminations, and conflicts of interests. Provides legal guidance to Command leaders and staff to develop new or revised acquisition strategies and procedures necessitated by changed statutory, fiscal, or regulatory provisions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the qualification requirements and the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.


1. Professional knowledge of Government contract law, in order to provide legal counsel on a wide range of procurement actions.

2. Skill in the techniques of legal research and familiarity with Government contract, Federal appropriations law, and general legal resource materials used to perform legal research.

3. Skill in effective communicating, both orally and in writing, with professionals and non-professionals.

4. Skill in negotiation techniques to protect the Government's position in all acquisition actions.

NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE : There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to Attorney appointments in the Excepted Service; however, the Department of the Army considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for Attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at )

Time in Grade Requirements: Applicants currently employed as an Attorney by the Federal government must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level (GS-12) or the equivalent within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.

The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

Education: An applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD).

Bar Membership: An applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Experience: Applicant must have two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is required.

You may claim Military Spouse Preference.

Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at time of application.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.

This position requires the incumbent to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634 Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Resumes will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this Vacancy Announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

  • OTHER INFORMATION: - The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants.

    - In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

    - To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. - Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

    - Permanent Change of Station Costs (PCS) is not authorized.

    - This position is a TERM appointment and may be extended up to a period not to exceed four years.

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